Aviation

Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford to step down

Many tearful farewells to come in the Qantas offices, as the national carrier announced Chairman Leigh Clifford will step in October, after 11 years in the role.

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The airline has named current board member, Richard Goyder, to assume the role of Qantas Chairman following the AGM on 26 October.

According to the airline, Clifford, who became Chairman back in November of 2007, led the Board through one of the most transformative periods in the airline’s 98-year history and to record levels of profitability, employee engagement and customer satisfaction.

“It has been an absolute privilege to lead the Qantas Board for these past 11 years,” Clifford said, as he announced his retirement.

“The national carrier has never been in a stronger position and that’s a credit to the management team and the 30,000 employees that make up the Qantas Group family.

“Richard is one of the most experienced business leaders in Australia and an excellent choice to lead the Qantas Board into the future.”

Goyder joined the Qantas Board in November 2017 after serving as CEO of Wesfarmers Limited for 12 years. His other roles include Chairman of Woodside Petroleum Limited and the Australian Football League.

“Qantas is an iconic Australian company and one of the best-performing airline groups in the world,” Goyder said.

“I’m honoured to be named its Chairman and look forward to working with my Board colleagues to help it take advantage of the opportunities ahead.”

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